Recruiting: Louisiana RB Collier joins 2019 class

Shacori Collier posted some impressive numbers his junior season at Many (La.) High.

Collier rushed for more than 1,900 yards and scored 30 touchdowns (according to Max Preps), drawing the attention of Division I schools including Army, Air Force, Colorado State, Rice and Arkansas State. Army was the first school to offer Collier in mid-April.

The 5-10, 200-pound running back committed to Army Tuesday one day after fullbacks coach Mike Viti visited Collier.

“I had a lot colleges that were interested but a lot were scared to pull the trigger,” said Collier, who was named to the 2017 Shreveport Times first team as an athlete. “That’s what makes Army so special to me. I had all these other colleges looking and they had me high on their board but never wanted to actually offer me. Army took a chance on me and offered me and that was very special to me.”

“He (Viti) wanted to talk to my mom and talk to me and tell us all about West Point and what they were offering. He was showing me the statistics and the way they play football and the way they run the football.”

Army is recruiting Collier as a fullback or “B-Back” in its triple option system, which was attractive to Collier along with the education that he will receive at West Point.┬áCollier said he has many relatives including uncles, who have served in the Armed Forces.

“The running back that gets the ball 90 percent of the time besides the quarterback,” Collier said of Army’s offense. “The way they run is like an image of how we run our offense. smash-mouth football. I like the deliver that contact and that’s the way I love to play football and that’s the way Army plays football. I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s a perfect fit.’ On top of that, I can get a great education and be very successful when I graduate. I always thought the best thing that you can do for your country is serve.”

Collier plays in a two-back system at Many. He shared carries with Arizona State-bound AJ Carter, a 2,000-yard rusher last fall. Many runs the ball “95 percent of the time,” Collier said.

“I didn’t want to pass up that opportunity,” Collier said of the timing of his decision. “They were only taking three running backs and at the time they had zero commits. I definitely wanted to be one of those running backs to commit.”

Collier says he plans on visiting West Point in the near future. It will be his first trip to New York.

“The furthest I’ve been from Louisiana is Arkansas,” Collier said.

Recruiting news: Army picked up a recent comment from Archbishop Wood (Pa.) lineman Connor Bishop. Bishop, an all-state lineman, recently posted a video of a 335-pound clean lift. He had offers from Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton and Albany.

Pelham (Ala.) linebacker Ryan Jewell had a change of heart Thursday, decommitting from Army and committing to rival Navy. Jewell, who committed to Army on April 4, posted on social media, “This is school that I have been waiting for! I will be keeping the Navy tradition alive in my family and will be continuing my academic and athletic talents at the best academy in the country. This will be my final decision without a doubt

2019 commits (5)
OL Connor Bishop, 6-3, 270, Archbishop Wood HS, Warminster, Pa.
S Jimmy Ciarlo, 6-3, 190, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.: Other offers – Syracuse, Old Dominion. (COMMITTED, April 13)
RB Shacori Collier, 5-10, 200, Many (La.) HS
OL Justin Kopko, 6-4, 315, Hanover Area (Pa.) HS: (COMMITTED, April 13)
QB Dedrick Wilson, 6-1, 195, Kenedy (Texas) HS: (COMMITTED, March 28

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